Choosing A Swimming Pool Contractor Takes Time And Effort

by Pool Builders on 01-26-2011 in Articles

Just as you wouldn't undertake a home remodeling project without interviewing and checking the references of your contractor, you shouldn't undertake a pool installation project without first doing your homework on a contractor. Before you choose the contractor you can turn to the Internet as your first source for looking up contractors in your area and also seeing if there are any online reviews of their work from former clients. You can also look to Facebook and Twitter for comments and recommendations from clients.

Narrow your choice to three pool builders that you want to meet with. But before you set up a time to see them, check out their websites to make certain they offer the services that you're seeking. You should also have an idea of what you are looking to have installed before you meet with a contractor. Following your website search, check the pool contractor's credentials and whether he or she is licensed to operate in your state. Make sure the builder has a CSP Certified Service Professional on staff. Check out if he has undergone training and his technical staff are certified service professionals.

The pool builders that you are researching should have photographs of their completed works on their websites and in portfolios for you to thumb through when you visit them. Many pool websites have a page specifically dedicated to the work they have accomplished. If the pool builder has pool designs that you like, make a note of it and ask about it.

As with all projects, you should try to shop around for three pool contractors' information when you are looking to get your quotes. Make an appointment with potential contractors once you find a couple of pool builders that seem to fit your needs. They should be happy to offer you names and contact information from former clients so that you can talk with them and see if they were satisfied with the results. You'll likely be shopping price as well, so make certain when you speak with the them you are comparing apples to apples price-wise.

Does your potential pool builder have plaques on the walls that speak to any special training the builder or his staff have undergone, any professional affiliations they have and if they have received any awards for any civic or other duties. While being involved in the community certainly isn't a requirement, many business people do belong to associations and community organizations and are proud to announce that fact.

Don't sign any contracts until you are satisfied with the terms and conditions and with feeling that all of your questions have been answered. Your contractor will likely request an upfront payment before they begin any work but we would caution you against working with any contractor who would make you pay in full. It's typical to pay in installments as portions of the work are complete with the final payment being required once you are satisfied with the work that was performed.

Because a pool is a long-term investment it is not one that you want to make without having undertaken research and time. Once the project is complete and you and your family are frolicking in the depths, you'll be glad you shopped around.

Bottom line, trust your intuition. If you like meeting with the pool contractor and if he or she answers your questions and you feel comfortable, it is a factor you should consider when making a final decision.

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